Personal Injury Claims
Including Motor Vehicle Collisions, Medical Malpractice, Premises Liability Claims, Animal Attack Cases, and Product Liability Causes of Action
Including Car, Truck and Motorcycle collisions
Steps to Take When You Are Injured
- Seek medical attention immediately – It is your top priority!
- Contact Mark Wertz for direction and assistance with your personal injury case. There is no charge to call or for an initial in-person consultation.
- Never sign or agree to anything without the assistance of a lawyer.
- Prepare your case by gathering any relevant information that may assist in preparing your case (this may include taking notes about the accident, injuries, taking pictures of the scene, vehicles, gathering statements from witnesses and any other possible evidence. All these can be done with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer)
"Simple" Motor Vehicle Cases Are a Rarity
Effective representation in motor vehicle liability cases not only requires prompt, thorough investigation and experienced, insightful evaluation, it also requires skill in navigating the increasingly complicated and ever-changing legal environment:
- The at-fault driver or drivers’ insurance company’s overall strategy of paying nothing or as little as possible;
- The at-fault driver asserting “comparative fault” against the victim;
- Uninsured and underinsured motorist claims and,
- Subrogation lien claims such as those made by a victim’s auto and health insurance.
Injury cases involving the negligence of a Commercial Vehicle Operator such as a Commercial Truck or Bus involve unique issues. Attorney Mark Wertz has represented victims of semi -tractor trailer collisions and other commercial vehicle incidents for over 30 years.
Among these issues are the need for immediate and thorough investigation, and insurance coverage determinations.
Several laws can apply to semi-tractor trailer collisions and other commercial vehicle incidents. These laws include the Federal Motor Carrier Act and provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations. The insurance adjusters are commonly very experienced and aggressive. It is not unusual for insurance and trucking companies to literally fly investigators to the accident scene on the same day of the incident to investigate, including obtaining detailed measurements, taking extensive photographs and conducting an accident reconstruction.
Semi-tractor trailer and other commercial vehicle incidents often involve significant injuries, serious financial hardships, lengthy medical treatment and major permanent damages.
It is important that you have the consultation and direction of an experienced attorney immediately. Time is often of the essence. Most often immediate investigation is advisable. These incidents are legally and factually complex. They require knowledge of the commercial vehicle industry and operations.
Cycle collisions – both motorcycle and bicycle – often involve very serious if not catastrophic injuries such as closed head injuries, fractured or crushed extremities, disfigurement, significant soft tissue damage or wrongful death. Many times they involve unique investigation issues. We can help you from the “get go.” Contact us immediately so that we can direct and assist you. There is no charge or obligation for our initial meeting.
Medical Malpractice involves an act or omission by a medical professional or facility that does not provide an acceptable standard of care. From a legal perspective, medical malpractice cases are complicated. They also are expensive, time consuming and usually lengthy in duration. From a medical standpoint medical malpractice can involve misdiagnosis, surgical errors, birth delivery injuries, medication errors and/or hospital or nursing home negligence. Feel free to contact us for a no obligation consultation.
In Illinois there is a law that makes the owner, harborer or keeper of any animal liable for injuries regardless of whether the defendant was negligent. It must be emphasized that this law applies to any animal. Also, this law applies not only to owners, but also can apply to those who “harbor” or “keep” an animal for someone else. The law is often referred to as the “Dog Bite Statute”. This is a misnomer because the law in fact applies to all animals.
The law specifically states:
"If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attack, or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury approximately caused thereby."
- 510 ILCS 5/2.16
Attorney Mark Wertz has represented victims of animal attacks for over 30 years. He has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in animal attack cases.